Supermoon Will Be Big & Bright But Comes With A Negative
If you are a star-gazer, you're going to want to be looking up tonight. There is going to be a lot happening in the sky.
Tonight is the night to get the telescopes out (if you're into that kind of thing). There is going to be a ton happening.
First and foremost, tonight we will have what they call the Supermoon Sturgeon. It's going to look incredible. They're saying that it will appear 7% larger and 15% brighter than a typical full moon. They are calling for a partly cloudy night, but that shouldn't affect it that much.
However, there is a negative to having such a big, bright moon.
Tonight is also the peak of the Perseid Meteor Showers. NASA calls it the best meteor shower of the year. They also say you'll see "swift and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long "wakes" of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere."
Now you're saying, "Soo....we're going to have a bright moon and lots of cool meteor showers in the sky? Where's the negative?"
The negative is that the moon (being as bright as it's supposed to be) could actually drown out the light of the meteors so they won't be quite as visible.
If you want to see as much as possible, you're going to want to get away from as much light pollution as you possibly can. Get away from the city. Get away from the street and look for a dark place in the sky.
You should still be able to see around 20 or so meteors per hour.